Melid

Melid, Malatya

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Arslantepe was settled starting from 5000 BC to 11th century AD. It was last used as a Byzantine cemetery. The first excavations were carried out in 1932 when two lion statues, one king statue, some relieves, and the remains of a Late Hittite Palace were found. The artefacts found and research carried out shows that Arslantepe is one of the important sites in terms of establishment of the states in the Near East. Especially the monumental palatial remains have placed Arslantepe among the peerless historical sites.
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Lanni
Amsterdam, The Netherlands3,032 contributions
Limited access in March 2021
Mar 2021 • Friends
Anyone who is interested to visit Arslantepe I would recommend first to read any article about Neo Hittite Malatya or Melid Kingdom as there is lack of info about the background of this archaeological site. Definitely the site was the period after Hittite but I felt like in old settlement long before Hittite.
Visiting in March 2021, it was a bit disappointment for me as the ancient paintings were covered and most of the area was not accessible for visitors. Looks the archaeological works were on going but it didn't seem so (after pandemic, the archaeological works have been re-started in November 2020 I think). Anyway, every mondays is closed, free of charge entrance, in winter open until 16.45. With limited access, visit can be done maximum 30 minutes.
Written March 3, 2021
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Meric T
Istanbul, Turkey314 contributions
6000 years old
May 2015 • Friends
That's an almost 6,000 years old ancient city near Malatya city . You are experiencing a walk inside a city where different nations and generations lived thousands of years. Very well organised remarkable open air museum. I fell in love with the alizarin figures on the walls .
Written May 4, 2015
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